[ExI] Subject: Re: Human extinction
David C. Harris
dharris234 at mindspring.com
Sat Aug 23 06:07:00 UTC 2008
Lee Corbin wrote:
> Do you think it possible that the urge towards "zero
> population growth", the famous ZPG, has also played
> a role? By emphasizing the pain, hopefully fewer children
> will be born.
I don't recall ever being a MEMBER of ZPG, but I was in agreement with
their view and read lots of their material. I don't recall ever reading
anything that emphasized the physical pain of childbirth. They did make
clear some other costs, both in personal terms and economic.
I've since become more aware of the ability of economic and
technological advances to accommodate more people. Whether having more
people will improve the average life, or whether economic growth can
just preserve the average life quality, or whether humans simply can't
be productive enough to justify large numbers --- I still haven't
reached a conclusion. My Extropian streak is rooting for humans and
computers in synergistic relationship, like me and Google searches.
- David Harris, Palo Alto
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